My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Thank you

Thank you to the scores and scores (over 300, to be exact) of you who offered to test knit my pattern-in-the-making. The overwhelming response to my request makes it impossible for me to email each of you who offered and thank you personally, unless I want to give up knitting and spend the next 12 hours emailing. So please consider yourselves thanked. So much.

I think I have my three test knitters. I say three because so many of you emailed me and asked me to add a smaller size which — duh — should have occurred to me. So I’ve added a 35″ size. And I’ve emailed three of the knitters who so generously contacted me and offered to test-knit.

Still on Sleeve Island

But what an island it is! Tropical breezes, tequila sunrises and kir royales . . . and hunky cabana boys. Becky, I know you didn’t say anything about cabana boys, but surely if I’m gonna have tequila sunrises I need a shirtless stud to serve them to me and gaze adoringly at me whilst I sip them daintily.

Sorry. I may have strayed away from the point, but I’m back now.

Well, here is sleevie number one. She’s obviously tired of being photographed — she’s over-exposed!


And sleevie number two. Much more true to color.


So Audrey is progressing very nicely. I’ll have the sleeve done in a couple of days, and can start on the lace collar band then. That’ll be a bit tricky, as you have to fit it around the top and stretch it slightly to fit. Whatta pain.

But the finished Audreys I’ve seen in bloggyland make me think it’s worth the effort.

Lookie Here!


Here’s Kristine, putting my Official Knit Happens poncho in the window of — you guessed it — Knit Happens! So if you’re within a 300-mile radius, do stop by and say hello to my poncho. And buy lots of yarn while you’re there. Why? Because I say so . . . see?

And because I love this wonderful shop!

And because they have enough fabulous yarn to make your head spin!

Lucy says “meow.”


Thank you to Sylvia, who pointed out that WendyKnits made the PR Newswire!


  1. Beatrice says:

    Hi Wendy as you already know I love your work.
    Due to your great blog I too visited your home away from home all the way from Australia and purchased the Colinette poncho Kit. Not sure of the miles but I made it.;-). As for the critter knitters I am on the third blanket I hope to have them in the mail by the end of the month. Thank you again for all your time and sharing.

  2. “A fanatical knitter?” That sounds like you’re poking people with doublepoints if they don’t stop and listen to you talk about your knitting. I’m sure they meant that in the nicest possible way! Either that, or the writer is certainly not a knitter.

  3. Not only a Godess of Knitting but a Godess of Blogging as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations! I so enjoy reading your blog daily and your progress is inspiring to a new knitter. Keep up the great work and Thank YOU! Patti

  4. Congratulations! My guess is the writer might not be a knitter, but may know one who constantly talks about your blog and your projects and how lovely it would be to have a rag doll…

    Or maybe I’m projecting.

  5. ‘personal hobbies or obsessions’? And which is knitting to you, you fanatical knitter you.
    Congrats onmaking it into serious, nay almost academic, web commentary!

  6. Congratulations on making the newswire! OMG what a celebrity. Eat your heart out Oprah..

    Lucy’s pic is priceless today.

  7. Lovely poncho in the window. I saw it on my way past this morning.

  8. jocelyn says:

    That is so neat,you made it on newswire
    and your poncho is famous how lovley they will have to start making kits for it!

  9. “Fanatical” – drawing fans – YES
    “Fanatical” – Knitting to the exclusion of all else – NO – Heck they need to read your blog more!

    Move over Alice Starmore and Debbie Bliss

    Here comes Wendy!!!

    I love the Mascot poncho – Bravo!!

  10. PR Newswire citing credit should go to alison. I was up late and meant to include her link — sorry!

    I’m confused by the author’s use of a strange term, though: “fanatical knitter.” I mean, Wendy, you have a Day Job!

  11. Wendy, wow. In the time it’s taken me to swatch and knit the back of a tank top, you have 1) almost finished Audrey, 2) the Poncho, 3) Tina, and 4) Haiti. I’m surely not the only to say you’re an AMAZING knitter and a total inspiration to me and other newbies out there! Love the site, love the work.

  12. Hi Wendy, I would love to see the detail of the lace edging on Audrey when you have it!

  13. Margaret of Chicago or New Mexico says:

    Where did the general hide his armies?
    In his sleevies!

    Just a little sleeve island joke.

  14. shelley says:

    Saw your beautiful poncho last night when I visted KH…oooooh how much even more lovely in person! Congrats on your “beyond just the knit bloggers” fame!

  15. jenny in nyc says:

    I was vacationing in the DC area last weekend and made my husband drive an hour to get to Knit Happens. I told him it was the one thing I HAD to do. So glad I insisted! A great shop with friendly people and gorgeous yarn. My stash was greatly enhanced. I wish the poncho had been up. It would have been like a celebrity sighting–I might’ve had to have my photo taken with it!

    Dave did want to take my photo in front of the store…I should have let him. We could have a photo gallery of all the far-flung people who have visited Knit Happens!

  16. Ooooh, Miss Fancy Poncho looks gorgeous in that display window. Someday, I *will* make it to Knit Happens. Oh yes, someday.

    P.S. Of course there are cabana boys! I wouldn’t have anything else at Sleeve Island, of course.

  17. I agree with smaller sizes, so thank you for planning out one in a size smaller. It would also be a good idea to be able to make suggestions for how to make the design longer if necessary (for those flat but very tall people ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    ~mid, who is having way too much for kniting in her ap classes

  18. I’m on a sleeve Island my self, I have one more sleeve to make for my Baby J cardigan, but I must say it’s a fast moving knit, so I’m content, it’s the sewing I’m not looking forward to.
    I have to tell you Wendy, every time I see a picture of your Audrey, I fall in love all over again. I’ve always been a huge fan of the color blue, but the shade you have is absolutley magnificent.